Why is so much time given on the Augmented Benchmark Tests?

The Augmented Benchmark Examinations require four partial days of testing. Grades 5 and 7 require an additional partial day of Science testing. The Augmented Benchmark Examinations contain open-response items in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (grades 5 and 7) and essay prompts for Writing, all of which require ample time for students to respond as completely as possible. The inclusion of open-response items and writing prompts (topics) in the Augmented Benchmark Examinations is directly related to the curricular goals outlined within the Arkansas Mathematics Curriculum Framework, Arkansas English Language Arts Curriculum Framework, and Arkansas Science Curriculum Framework.

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